What is up with all the TOP BOXES?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. JimVonBaden

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    Nice selective quoting! :rolleyes

    Here is the link: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=124960&page=83

    Jim :brow
  2. Bar None

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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Did you actually read what I first wrote, or do you just play stupid on the internet?

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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=alt2 style="BORDER-TOP: 1px inset; BORDER-RIGHT: 1px inset; BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px inset; BORDER-LEFT: 1px inset">Originally Posted by JimVonBaden [​IMG]
    There is ONE demonstrated case I am aware of that the guy broke his back on the top case when rear ended. Of course it is totally possible he would have sustained severe injuries anyhow, but the top case was blamed for his broken back.

    Jim :brow

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    Now, how is it you got the idea I was saying top cases are dangerous? I was responding to the idea that it could be, not saying they are! :deal

    Jim :brow
  4. CRP6001

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    His back could have been broken when it hit the top case,
    when he landed on the roof of the car, or when he hit the
    road. All three possibilities seem plausible. The doctor choose
    top case after examining the patient, of course, he could still
    be speculating. The front brake can throw you over the bars,
    a helmet can break your neck, and a top case can break your
    back. A new motorcycling myth has been created.
  5. DAKEZ

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    I don't think he is playing. :deal

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  6. nofate

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    I had a top box on my previous bike, but didn't like the way it stuck out like a wart. It was handy for carrying stuff and I didn't want to lose the utility of it, just the bulk when it wasn't being used. Lately I have been experimenting with a collapsible soft bag that I think is an improvement over the hard top box option. For now I am using a boat bag I got from Bass Pro. I zip tied it to the small carrier rack on my bike and it works OK. If someone were to make a motorcycle specific version of this in different colors I would be all over it.

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  7. DAKEZ

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    Does this top case make my butt look fat?

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  9. DC2wheels

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    Think I posted this moto-saster previously, but it is back at the same dealer.

    Maybe it was bought and the unfortunate owner realized his/her mistake after LOTS of people pointed and either laughed or averted their eyes :eek1


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  10. DAKEZ

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  11. DAKEZ

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    I would need to look at the BMW rule book but I believe that monstrosity would get you banned from even a Starbucks Parking Lot. :lol3
  12. James Adams

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    It's generally empty save for a tire patch kit and maybe a jacket liner; mostly it's to store my helmet and jacket in whenever I get to my destination (if I have one :lol3).

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  13. Sun Ray

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    That triggered an idea. Mine is mostly empty as well, I have a Shad 45L, and now I decided to use an old tank bag to organize all the bits and pieces floating around. Tire patch kit, ear plugs, sunglasses, bug repellent, sunscreen, I love the top case! Let's start a thread on top and side case organization and ideas. :clap Thank you! In fact, it's a shitty day to do anything here so I'm going to reorganize all the crap on the bike. Thanks! :evil
  14. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    I can't rate this one at all: I like it, but my 46l Givi case with one drain hole in each rear corner matches the bike better inspite of the ice not lasting near as long :D
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    After years of topbox use, mainly while commuting, on my Wee-Strom and now 1250 Bandit, I've decided I'm done with it. It must be the worst place to locate any mass on a motorcycle, and the effects on handling dynamics are significant. I notice it more on the 1250 than I did on the Wee, I'm guessing because the Wee carried relatively little weight on the front anyway. :dunno

    The last few days have been a revelation. Without the box the Bandit steers markedly better, holds a line better, manages mid-corner bumps better, is more stable at speed, and buffets my helmet and jacket less. Wind noise is reduced too--go figure. I'm also now suspecting that the somewhat irregular front-tire wear I have seen is due to my topcase habit. No more!
  16. Sun Ray

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    What the heck are you putting in that top-case? Mine only has light bulky items, and the handling remains the same, unless of course I put a 12 pack of barley-pops in it. But then again, I'm on a heavy FJR pig. :evil
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    Usually nothing heavy--gloves, liners, etc. It's worse with more weight, obviously, but even empty I notice a difference.
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  20. phreakingeek

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    wow, lots of interesting bikes and trunks...


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